Kyle Korver and Paul Millsap are used to being teammates. They were together in Utah for two and a half years and will be entering year number two together in Atlanta when the 2014-15 season rolls around.
But tonight the friendly duo will become hated enemies in the USA Basketball Showcase when Korver suits up for the Blue Team and Millsap suits up for the White Team.
Korver’s running mates with the Blue Team will be Stephen Curry, Paul George, Anthony Davis, Derrick Rose, John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Gordon Hayward, Kenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee.
Millsap’s crew with the White Team includes Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, DeMarcus Cousins, Bradley Beal, Chandler Parsons and Andre Drummond.
Both Korver and Millsap are viewed as underdogs to make Team USA, but have a chance to make the first cut with an impressive showing tonight as training camp wraps up.
A case can be made why Korver and Millsap are both good fits for Team USA.
The international game focuses more on finesse and shooting, where as the NBA game is more about athleticism and skill. And frankly put, the international game is a lot softer than the NBA’s style of play.
Korver is a deadly three-point assassin — he finished with the best three-point shooting percentage in the NBA last season — and would be equally as lethal overseas from behind the arc, maybe even more so because the FIBA three-point line is a full foot-and-a-half closer to the basket than the NBA’s three-point line.
Korver is the best three-point shooter on Team USA’s roster (here’s evidence when Korver beat Klay Thompson in a shootout the other day), he should make the team for that sole reason.
Millsap on the other hand is extremely versatile. He can play both the power forward and center positions, and also has the ability to stretch the floor. Millsap is also an above average defender and has a very nice pick-and-pop game. He could be Team USA’s swiss army knife.
It will be very exciting to see two Hawks players in action tonight representing for the city of Atlanta, and for the entire United States of America!
The game tips-off at 9:00 p.m. (ET) and will be televised on ESPN.